Hardwood Knocks is a totally, completely, wholly lit basketball podcast in which Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal and Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs and heck, even diagonals of the NBA.
Lakers-Heat NBA Finals Preview, Victor Oladipo Trade Ideas, Clippers Lose Doc
Adam and Dan go into the weeds previewing and predicting the NBA Finals matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat (3:38), while also determining whether LeBron James is still the league's best player with room to spare (24:06). After that, they analyze the reported rift between Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in Philadelphia (34:33), discuss the fallout of Doc Rivers leaving the Los Angeles Clippers (39:39) and magic up some hypothetical trade packages for Victor Oladipo (47:59), including proposals on behalf of the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors and more.
Harden to the Sixers?, Celtics/Nuggets Woes, Bucks Lookahead: Giannis, Trades, More
We have another loaded episode for ya! First, we go through a mailbag that tackles the state of the Nuggets-Lakers series, the Celtics' chances against the Heat, the Sixers' reported thirst for James Harden, Jaylen Brown's value, Tyler Herro's explosion and much more. After that, it's on to our Milwaukee Bucks lookahead, with the host of the Gyro Step podcast, Ti Windisch (@TiWindisch). He and Dan cover everything from Giannis Antetokounmpo's future and Khris Middleton's value to potential Chris Paul trades, other trades, free-agent targets and overall roster analysis.
👉Heat's defense vs Celtics(2:51)
👉Keys to Nuggets forcing Game 6 vs Lakers (7:55)
👉Jaylen Brown's value (22:39)
👉Bad-Contract Roulette (26:07)
👉FA fits for DeMarcus Cousins (30:38)
👉Tyler Herro (36:46)
👉Bucks Lookahead (40:29)
↪️Khris Middleton's value
↪️CP3 trade scenarios
Rockets Lookahead, Is Anthony Davis Underrated?, LeBron/MVP, Paul George
Hardwood Knocks taps Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes (gt_hughes) to discuss the latest NBA playoffs takeaways and rumors. First, he and Dan offer their thoughts on the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics series (3:28). Then, it's on to the Lakers-Nuggets (24:03). From there, they ponder whether Anthony Davis has been underrated (29:23) and discuss LeBron James' thoughts on the recent MVP race (39:06). Next, they talk about Paul George reportedly rankling his Clippers teammates after Game 7, and what the future holds for Los Angeles' sister franchise (48:25).
And guess what? We're not done! ESPN 97.5 in Houston's Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) joins the pod to discuss the future of the Rockets (72:29). He and Dan cover Mike D'Antoni's departure and his eventual replacement; Russell Westbrook and James Harden; which players will leave in free agency; free agents the Rockets should target; the future of microball; potential trades; and much, much more!
Lakers-Nuggets Preview, Bye Clippers, Marcus Smart's Shooting, Jimmy Butler 4EVA
Adam and Dan bid farewell to the Los Angeles Clippers by dissecting their future outlook. After that's, it's on to our Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets Western Conference Finals preview. And then, it's...MAIL TIME. This week's mailbag, driven by YOU, takes us through Jamal Murray's rise, Jimmy Butler's stardom, Marcus Smart's shooting, Jayson Tatum, the Philadelphia 76ers and much, much more.
Here are some timestamps for you convenience:
Bye Clippers (3:31)
Lakers-Nuggets Preview (15:04)
Marcus Smart (33:10)
Jimmy Butler/Sixers (36:36)
Jimmy's progression (38:20)
Is RJ Barrett a bust (39:57)
Jamal Murray (42:12)
Nuggets bandwagon? (47:11)
Jayson Tatum's top-10 case (50:55)
TE1: Travis Kelce (2013-2020)
On his new Podcast TE1, Seattle Seahawks Tight End Greg Olsen talks to current and former players who help change the position from extra lineman to modern superstar. On this episode, he talks with freshly minted Super Bowl Champion Travis Kelce about growing up in Cleveland Heights, running the wildcat at University of Cincinnati, and how his experience as a QB helped shape his transition to the tight end position. Travis tells some amazing stories about getting picked off on his only pass attempt, his love of bubble screens and what it was like to break Greg’s record for consecutive 1000-yard seasons. Travis also shouts out everyone he's ever met in his entire life. Shout out to this episode, it’s a good one.
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NOTE: This episode was recorded before Travis Kelce signed his extension with the Chiefs.
Celtics-Heat Preview, Nuggets-Clippers Game 7, Hornets Lookahead
Adam and Dan hedge like whoa as they break down the impending Game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets (3:45). They also try to figure out what happens should the Clippers actually lose (17:45). Would Montrezl Harrell be a goner? Would they look at making a trade? After that, we dive into the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat (23:41) and briefly discuss the predicament the Toronto Raptors find themselves in this offseason (32:17). And then, because we love you, and because we love content, we bring in Dime UPROXX'S Konata Edwards (@NataTheScribe) for a deep analysis of the Charlotte Hornets' future (38:41). He covers the 2020 NBA draft, Devonte' Graham's value, free-agent targets, trade targets and much, much more!
Customer ReviewsSee All
Dan and Adam (along with the many other guests) always give tremendous insight into the NBA world. Would highly recommend the series that they’ve been doing on top-10 players for each franchise over the past decade. Can’t speak highly enough about the podcast!
While heavily relying on statistics, this nba pod isn't dry or boring, the hosts have good chemistry and it's an enjoyable listen
In-Depth NBA talk
This is my go to for in-depth NBA talk. Sometimes a tad unpolished but these guys live and breathe the NBA and it comes through on the pod.